Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society

Discover the history behind the film and the Island that inspired the story

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society is a much loved, award winning novel (and movie) that shares our small island’s big history.

History Behind The Story

Author Mary-Ann Shaffer fell in love with Guernsey and its fascinating history on a brief trip to the Island in 1980. The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the German Armed Forces during the war and reminders of this dark era are still present to explore today

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One of the most significant and fascinating periods of Guernsey’s history, the German Occupation lasted from 1940 to 1945. Learn more about the hardships the Island faced by visiting one of our Occupation museums or gripping exhibits.

Visit the Occupation Museum

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Literary Tours

There are several guided tours designed to bring the book to life for visitors to Guernsey! Visit places described in the novel and learn more about the true stories of heroism & tragedy during the Occupation.

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During WWII, the Germans covered Guernsey’s coastline in concrete fortifications making it one of the most heavily fortified place on earth. Hundreds of reinforced bunkers, gun emplacements and tunnels were constructed and can still be visited today.

Heritage Sites

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4 Jun 12:00 - 14:00

Oh My Gache! A Tasty Bite of St Peter Port!

A real treat for any “foodies” out there. A tour of St Peter Port with a delectable emphasis on food, glorious food.

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8 Jun 14:00 - 17:30

Mrs Mahy’s Occupation Memories

Discover the occupation through the eyes of the late Miriam Mahy, hearing memories from her book about life under occupied rule, ‘There is an Occupation’.

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5 May 09:30 - 12:30

Bathing & Battlements – Guided Walk

A tour of the southern side of Town encountering the development of its defences from medieval times to the occupation

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